To get aBlogtoRead.com sent to you via e-mail you'll need to use the form above, or visit the Email Subscribe page. You'll need to enter you e-mail address, enter the CAPTCHA, and then active the link that will be sent to your e-mail address. This applies even if you have already been getting aBlogtoRead.com via e-mail in the past (as that system will no longer be working). Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for reading.
The watch is still powered by Casio's solar powered watch that actually charges being exposed to most any light. This is a great movement and I have come to appreciate it in other Casio watches. The watch is also atomic clock radio controlled. For the PAW-2000, Casio has upped the movement to accepting 6 frequency bands, as opposed to 5. That just gives it that many more places on Earth where it can receive radio signals from the "local" atomic clock. Overall I think it is a great evolution of the Pathfinder multi-sensor watch line. The timepieces are perfect for just about anyone. Maybe not for full-time wear, but I can't think of anyone who won't appreciate having a Casio Pathfinder in their collection. MSRP price will be 0 for the PAW-2000-1 with the resin strap, and 0 for the PAW-2000-7 with the titanium bracelet. The watches will be available starting in the Fall of 2009. www.casio.com
Not being an expert on enamel, I can't go into a lot of detail about it, but here it is in a nut shell. Oh, and you can read more about enamel art on Wikipedia here. It starts with a substrate which is metal, crystal, ceramic, or likewise. Applied to substrate is glass powder, sometimes made into a paint or gel-like form. This glass substance is colored, by use of various chemicals during the creation of the glass. Sometimes the substrate has barrier made in it to create "cells." Just think about how a stained glass window is made This type of enamel work is called "Cloisonné ". After these cells are made, the artist can apply various colors in each cell or blend colors in each cell. The cells are there to create definitive shapes. Once the enamel is applied it must be "baked" in a high temperature to chemically seal the glass to the substrate. This is why enamel lasts so long and is so hard.
The Ocean Diver watch case is water resistant to 300 meters, and includes two crowns. One for the adjusting the time, and other for the inner rotating bezel. The crown are very well made with a grated pattern that feels tool-like to the touch and looks pretty neat. All of that is good, but what about wearing comfort? Interestingly enough the 42mm wide case feels smaller than it is on your wrist. It sits neatly on your wrist and does not appear too large. The case is 44mm wide counting the crowns. I give the watch high marks for wearing comfort as well as looking handsome and proper on one's wrist. The design really comes alive when it is worn.
Silberstein really changed how the watch seems to tell the time and other indications - even though he really didn't. What he did do is make reading the watch easier. As such, you can read the retrograde minutes, jumping out, and retrograde date and moon phase indicator with pleasant ease. While Busser is a showman, Alain is a true watchmaker who emphasizes function, and happens to be a great contemporary French artist as well. Oh, and I like that the dials have luminant on them. Much of the time these 0,000 watch forgo such "functional" embellishments.
At least, that is the target. The time part... well, that's a little shaky.
Thank You Mr. Urquhart!
See Gerald Genta watches on eBay here.
The white rubber strap is quite comfortable and really securely connected to the watch case. It has a specially textured back that I anticipate has to do with airflow to prevent sweaty wrists. It is wide and attractive with a quality milled steel buckle with the brand logo on it once again. One of the things that I appreciate most about the TX watches is that while they always consider fashion and style, their watches are really designed by watch nerds like me that ensure the pieces are functionally sound. Inside the watch is a proprietary TX quartz movement that they are proud to exclaim was designed in Germany. All of their movements are designed in Germany. If you are going to go quartz, then you might as well well have a movement no one else has.
Case material is all stainless steel and enjoys mostly a high polish finish around the watch. The face of the watch has a sandblasted look that fits nicely with the look of the e-ink display surface. I applaud Phosphor on this clever design point. The watch pushers (one on each side of the case) are integrated right into the case, and don't protrude at all. This gives the case a modern and seamless look. I don't say this lightly when I remark upon the fact that I feel as though Phosphor put more design attention into this case, than do people who sell watches at many times the price. The case is also water resistant to 50 meters, and the watch crystal is mineral glass - that while not as hardy or scratch resistant as sapphire crystal, is totally acceptable at this watch's very good price.
The movement (Calvet/01/RGT calibre) itself is made of a number of materials including titanium and platinum. The case is available in 18k white or rose gold being 56mm wide by 45mm tall, and just over 16mm thick. The alligator strap connected to it is of the more impressive I've seen. You can see how it is extra thick near the case of the watch. this helps it conform best to shape of your wrist so that the watch fits snugly. I've never seen this done with an alligator strap before. The nooks and crannies of the movement are nice to observe, and the best part of the complex movement is that it is an automatic with a micro rotor. This is one of the few ulta exclusive manufacture watches that is suitable for a showcase, along with daily wear (if you dare!). More information is available at Ladoire's website.